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Camden Young People Lead the Way to making Camden High Street Safer

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On Saturday 13th February, local young people and businesses on Camden High Street joined forces to make Camden High Street a safer place for everyone, as they launched the first wave of CitySafe Havens in the area in partnership with Camden Citizens, part of national community organizing charity, Citizens UK.

Young people in Camden raised concerns that when they felt threatened or in danger they didn’t feel they had anywhere to turn, and that they were always seen as trouble makers. Fourteen local young people from across Camden decided take the safety concerns of the community into their own hands and make Camden High Street a safer place to be.

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Clive Efford Kidbrooke Housing Action

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Greenwich Citizens launched a housing campaign on Friday 12th February at Kidbrooke Station, calling for local housing developments to include homes using the London Living Rent model, and to be developed using the Good Development Standard, a new charter to develop better homes. The campaign was launched with students from Corelli College Co-Operative Academy and Greenwich Free School winning support from Clive Efford MP.

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Community demands 300 homes on the Boleyn Development

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On Thursday 11th February, members of Newham Citizens called on Newham Council to reject planning proposals for anything less than 35% affordable homes on the Boleyn Ground development in Upton Park. This equates to 300 homes on the site. Led by school children from St Antony’s Primary School, residents of Caritas Anchor House and community leaders from Newham Sixth Form College, St. Margarets, Canning Town, Bryant Street Methodist Church, Ursuline Convent, and St Antony’s Church, Forest Gate, Newham Citizens handed a letter co-signed by various community leaders as part of the Council’s Community Re-Consultation on Affordable Housing on the Boleyn ground.

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Redbridge Valentine's Action on Social Care

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On 11th February 2016, Redbridge Citizens, an alliance of 7 civil society organisations representing 6500 people, took another step towards ensuring that Care Workers in the Borough are paid the London Living Wage. 

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Southwark Council agrees to £23,000 to make Peckham Park Safe

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On Saturday 6th February, Southwark Council announced £23,000 will be spent on Kelly Avenue Park as a result of a campaign by Peckham Citizens.

Over 40 children, parents, teachers and other local people turned up to the Peckham & Nunhead Community Council meeting hear the announcement, which marks the success end to a year long campaign in the area.

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Launch of five-week course for churches. Ready for Lent 2016

Who is my neighbour? Faith, housing and the local community 

London Citizens is launching a five-week course for churches ahead of the London 2016 Mayoral elections which explores housing and the local community through the eyes of faith. While communities across the city experience the impact of the housing crisis, this course enables churches to reflect on scripture, engage with housing issues in their community, and respond with prayer and action.

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Pay Rise for Carers Agreed by Birmingham Council

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Leaders from Citizens UK Birmingham attended the February Council meeting to ask Councillors to commit to their social care campaign by raising council tax by 2% to better fund social care.  Before the meeting, leaders handed Council Leader John Clancy an early Valentine’s Card urging him to show love to low paid carers. 

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London Citizens Launch Housing Manifesto 2016

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The London Citizens Housing Manifesto for 2016 was launched today, 25th January 2016, in front of 150 members outside City Hall. Leaders called on the London Mayoral candidates to back a London Living Rent as a mark of genuinely affordable renting and include it in the next London Plan. The launch coincided with the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation board meeting, where a delegation of leaders urged board members to ensure 50% of homes developed on the site are genuinely affordable for Londoners.

Children and adults alike gathered for the launch, using children’s toy houses, balloons and placards to stress the importance of affordable housing being made integral to developments using public land, which would benefit local people. 

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Calais Children Allowed to Join Loved Ones In The UK

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A British court has ordered that three children and one adult in Calais should be immediately brought to Britain to join their relatives.

In a ground breaking order the court ruled that the three unaccompanied children and dependant adult should, under European rules, be allowed to live with their loved ones who are already in Britain while their asylum claims are examined. The case was brought to court by Citizens UK, Islington Law Centre and Bhatt Murphy Solicitors.

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UK Asylum Case for Child Refugees with Family in Britain

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The plight of four children living in the refugee camps of Calais hoping to be reunited with family members in the UK is currently being heard by a Presidential Panel at Field House in London. Members of Citizens UK, who are supporting the children's asylum case, are hopeful it can pave the way for more vulnerable young people to be brought to safety in Britain.

The Bishop of Barking, the Right Reverend Peter Hill, said while giving aid is worthwhile, many young people need to be allowed to come to Britain and be reunited with their family members.

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